Deena Padayachee is a native of Durban, South Africa, and works as a medical doctor in an Apartheid-era township in the city. During Apartheid, when the publishing of such tales was virtually impossible in the mainstream South African magazines, his short stories were published mainly in New York (Short Story International). During Apartheid, he published a book of prose poems called A Voice from the Cauldron (1987). His prizewinning book, What’s Love Got to Do with It? was prescribed for Kwa Zulu Natal matric students in 2004. His short stories have been widely anthologized.